Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

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Verm3
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Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

Postby Verm3 » September 17th, 2019, 2:33 am

Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

Usually, I use Wikipedia to check release dates, however many A2600 games on Wikipedia only list the year of release. of presumably the first country the game was released in.

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Re: Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

Postby ActRaiser » September 17th, 2019, 8:39 am

I'm sorry I don't know the answer but am really curious how you plan to use this information?

I've been finding that Hyperspin and Launchbox have tools that will scrape for game metadata. It's possible they have some of this information available. But, I'm not sure how you're using the information and it may be overkill to configure things for it.

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Re: Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

Postby Gentlegamer » September 17th, 2019, 9:53 am

Prior to the PlayStation era video games did not have firm release dates. I think the first to have such a date was Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with Sonic 2sday, 11/24/1992

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Re: Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

Postby Verm3 » September 18th, 2019, 12:46 am

Thanks for the responses.

Well, I am egar to find out if about a dozen A2600 games where ever released in Europe or whether they were U.S only. Since as a European, I would rather have a European copy of the game.

A2600:
Dragonfire
Fun with numbers/Basic math
Ghostbusters 2
Moon patrol
Moonsweeper
Pole position
Q*Bert
Space invaders
Warlords
Warplock

A7800:
Ace of aces
Desert falcon
Pole position 2

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Re: Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

Postby BlasteroidAli » September 18th, 2019, 8:54 am

https://atariage.com/software_search.php?SystemID=2600

Try this. It is a good site for all things Atari

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Re: Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

Postby goldenband » September 18th, 2019, 12:31 pm

Verm3 wrote:I am egar to find out if about a dozen A2600 games where ever released in Europe or whether they were U.S only. Since as a European, I would rather have a European copy of the game.


The website you want for this is Atarimania:

http://www.atarimania.com/pgemainsoft.a ... G&system=2

It's got pretty comprehensive lists. I was able to quickly find out that Ghostbusters II was PAL-only, for example, and that Warplock did have a PAL release (whether it was authorized/legitimate, I don't know).

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Re: Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

Postby Gleebergloben123 » September 18th, 2019, 2:08 pm

Gentlegamer wrote:Prior to the PlayStation era video games did not have firm release dates. I think the first to have such a date was Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with Sonic 2sday, 11/24/1992


This is true. In the 80’s, very few games had hard release dates. Super Mario Bros had a release date of late 1985/early 86, and 2600 Adventure either late 79 or early 80. I did some reading on this before and it’s pretty amazing that you have 2 of the most popular classic games of all time, and they’re not 100% sure what year it was released.

2600 PAC-man, one of the few hard release dates, was March 20th, 1982 (or around there) but many sellers jumped the gun and started selling a week or two early.

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Re: Is there a website out there that has detailed release dates by region for Atari 2600 games?

Postby Verm3 » September 19th, 2019, 1:17 am

Thanks for the links. They are very useful.


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